• Keeping an eye on election results

    November 2, 2010  |  Mapping

    House Race Ratings on NYT

    All eyes here in the states will be on election results tonight, and all the major graphics desks have been hard at work to provide you up-to-date results as the numbers start to roll in. While you'll be able to see results just about anywhere you look, here are some of the online spots to keep an eye on. They've all got the red, blue, and yellow map, but each provides different functionality.
    Continue Reading

  • Past century of government and economy

    November 2, 2010  |  Statistical Visualization

    100 years of government

    John Palmer has a look at the past 100 years of government and economic indicators:

    This historical perspective visualizes economic trends and spending patterns, during good times and bad. Present-day assumptions regarding core party values have had major shifts over time, and the ridiculous extremes in voter alignment, lobbying, and legislative action are due for revision. As a basis for future shift, this data can educate a presumptive public, empowering citizens to make an informed decision on each and every election day.

    I'm not so sure this would help you make a better informed decision as you vote, since the relationship between political party and economy is more complex than true and false. It's a good historical reference though.

    What do you think of the graph overlays on top for GDP, debt, collections and CPI, with different vertical scales?

    [Thanks, John]

  • Issues Americans care about

    November 1, 2010  |  Statistical Visualization

    What Americans care about interacive chart

    Every year the Pew Research Center asks Americans what their top political priority is for the year. It should come as no surprise that the economy, jobs, and terrorism top the list.
    Continue Reading

  • Billionaires’ favorite politicians

    November 1, 2010  |  Network Visualization

    Billionaire favorite politician by Forbes

    Jon Bruner for Forbes reports on billionaire contributions to politicians over the past four years:

    The billionaires on the Forbes 400 list have given more than $30 million to politicians and political action committees since 2006, along with millions more in soft money to politically active groups. Although Forbes 400 members give about 15% more money to Republicans than Democrats, they fund groups across the political spectrum.

    On the top are the billionaires, sized by the amount of donations, and on the bottom are the politicians, sized by amount of contributions received. Click on either or use the drop down menus to see the connections.

    It lacks some polish, and I'm not totally sure what measurements are used for vertical and horizontal placement, but worth clicking around.

    [Thanks, @JonBruner]

  • The Election on Twitter

    November 1, 2010  |  Infographics

    Election and tweets

    In what seems to have become an expectation during all major events, a Twitter tracker from the New York Times shows you what candidates are getting the most and least buzz. Each circle represents tweets from a candidate, retweets, and tweets direct at, colored appropriately by party. Press play and they grow and shrink over time. Select a specific candidate(s) to see the specific breakdowns.

  • Visualizing NFL statistics

    October 26, 2010  |  Statistical Visualization

    Visualizing NFL statistics

    Sports statistics. Always so many tables. Juice Analytics takes a more visual approach with their interactive:

    Our NFL stats "spike chart" is an easy way to see who's leading the league in passing, rushing, receiving, tackles, team offense, and team defense. By showing key metrics side by side, you get the full picture of a player or team performance—not just the highlights.

    It's pretty straightforward. Select a category on the top, such as passing or rushing, and then see how your favorite players rank in four subcategories. Each player is represented by his team logo. Roll over a logo to see a player's numbers as well as how they rank in all the subcategories, highlighted by a white square.

    Finally, use the search box to find the player of interest. Matching boxes highlight as you type.

    Such a simple idea. Well executed.

    [Juice Analytics]

  • Iraq War logs released by Wikileaks shed new light

    October 25, 2010  |  Mapping

    Wikileaks War Logs reported by NYT

    This past Friday, Wikileaks released a second batch of reports on Iraq:

    At 5pm EST Friday 22nd October 2010 WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

    The New York Times has reported the data in dept with a series of maps, along with a number of articles. One maps shows one of the deadliest days in 2006 in Baghdad, when there were a reported 114 episodes of violence (above).
    Continue Reading

  • Find your flight via visual interface

    October 21, 2010  |  Misc. Visualization, Online Applications

    hipmunk flight search

    Booking flights became so much easier when it all shifted online, but it hasn't changed in years. You put in your preferred dates and times and you get a long list of options. Oftentimes those listings can be a pain as you browse through all of your options. Oh the burden of choice. Hipmunk tries to make flight search easier with a visual interface.

    As usual, you enter your origin and destination but instead of plain HTML tables, you get something like the above, and you can sort the options from least to greatest amount of agony. Rectangle lengths represent flight times and are color-coded by airline. Flights with the same take off and arrival times, but priced higher are hidden to help you narrow down quicker.

    Hipmunk is still in the early stages, but a quick search shows a lot of promise.

    [Hipmunk via Matt]

  • Average age of Congress over time

    October 21, 2010  |  Statistical Visualization

    Average age of Congress

    I don't know about you, but I tend to associate Congress with an older generation. Just how hold are the folks who make up the Senate and House of Representatives? Alex Lowe, Kurt Wilberding, and Ana Rivas report for The Wall Street Journal with this interactive timeline and histograms.
    Continue Reading

  • Mad Men office floor plan

    October 20, 2010  |  Mapping

    Mad Men Office Floor Plan-resized

    I've never seen an episode, but if my Twitter stream has taught me anything, it's that many of you will enjoy this floor plan of the Mad Men office by @CerpinTaxt. Accurate?

    [Kratkocasnik via Vulture]

  • Animated graphic on why you should shut off your work computer

    October 19, 2010  |  Infographics

    Turn it off video

    Millions of people leave their work computer on every day, thus wasting lots and lots of energy through the night when no one is there. In this animated infographic, Nigel Upchurch describes what it means when you leave your computer on. As with most of these types of things, the numbers are a bit simplistic. Nevertheless, it's interesting to watch and well-designed. And well, it kind of makes me want to make sure I turn off my computer at night.
    Continue Reading

  • True size of Africa

    October 18, 2010  |  Mapping

    True size of Africa

    Online maps that we use for directions use the Mercator projection, and this tends to dictate how we perceive the size of countries and continents. If you look at the world map on Google, for example, Africa doesn't look that much bigger compared to China or the United States. In reality though, it's a lot bigger. Kai Krause scales countries by their area in square kilometers and then fits them into a Africa's borders for some perspective.

    This one's for you, cartographers. What do you think?

    [True Size of Africa via Good | Thanks, Cay]

  • Conversation with Obama: track and ask questions on Twitter

    October 14, 2010  |  Misc. Visualization

    Conversation with Obama

    President Obama will be answering questions live at a youth town hall today at 4pm EST, with livestreaming on MTV, BET, and CMT. He'll be taking questions from the audience and possibly from Twitter. If you want to keep track of the conversation, the folks at Stamen have got your back with their visual Twitter tracker:

    The visualization is online here, and builds on work that was previously battle-tested at the 2010 Video Music Awards. The idea is that you post messages to twitter with the #ask hashtag, followed by the issue you're interested in asking the President about. If it's a good one, he may answer it on the air.

    Like the VMA visualization, topics are tracked and ordered by popularity. But instead of showing celebrities, this one shows issues that people on Twitter care about. A bar chart on the bottom left shows trends over time.
    Continue Reading

  • Explanation of current economic slump

    October 14, 2010  |  Infographics

    why it doesnt feel like a recovery

    Neil Irwin and Alicia Parlapiano of The Washington Post report with this interactive graphic on why it doesn't feel like we're in a recovery:

    The nation’s economic woes boil down to this. Compared with a healthy economy, about 7 million working-age people and 5 percent of the nation’s industrial capacity are sitting idle, not producing what they could. The economy is growing again, but at a rate — less than 2 percent in recent months — that’s too slow to keep up with a population that keeps increasing and workers who keep getting more efficient.

    A step-by-step guide explains the output gap, the difference between potential and actual output.

    [The Washington Post via @hfairfield]

  • How K-12 schools in your area measure up

    October 13, 2010  |  Mapping, Online Applications

    Education scorecard - how does this district compare

    In collaboration with NBC News and The Gates Foundation, Ben Fry-headed Fathom Design shows you how K-12 schools measure up in your area. If you're a parent or soon-to-be parent considering a move, this will be especially interesting to you. The Education Nation Scorecard lets you search for your location or a specific school to see how they perform and how they compare to the rest of the country.
    Continue Reading

  • Where refugees come from

    October 13, 2010  |  Mapping, Network Visualization

    Flight & Expulsion - flows

    Thousands of people flee their country every year, and the travel patterns are by no means easy to understand. Christian Behrens, in a revamp of a class project, visualizes these refugee movements with three views. The first is a circular network diagram (above), where each slice represents a region or country. Lines represent flight and expulsions.
    Continue Reading

  • Software evolution storylines

    October 12, 2010  |  Network Visualization

    Apache Webserver storylines

    In a follow up to code_swarm, a visualization to show the development of software projects, Michael Ogawa has another look with Software Evolution Storylines:

    My previous software visualization experiment, code_swarm, turned out pretty good. But some wanted a more analytic view of the data — one that was more persistent. I wondered about what this could look like, and came across this XKCD comic. It represents characters as lines that converge in time as they share scenes. Could this technique be adapted for software developers who work on the same code?

    The difference between this and the xckd comic is that instead of fictional characters, there are now developers, and instead of characters crossing paths, developers cluster when they work commit changes to the same file. The histogram on the bottom provides information on the type of files that were committed during any given time. Roll over any line to focus on a specific devleoper.
    Continue Reading

  • Mobile patent lawsuits

    October 11, 2010  |  Network Visualization

    mobile lawsuits graphic by the guardian

    It seems like all the mobile groups are suing each other these days. Who's suing whom? What company is suing the most? Who's getting sued the most? There was a mini-wave of graphics last week to help answer these questions.
    Continue Reading

  • Map series of oil spill in Gulf

    October 7, 2010  |  Mapping

    Tracking the oil spill in the Gulf

    Everyone's fascinated with animated graphics, which is cool, but sometimes a series of a whole bunch of maps is just as good. Archie Tse of The New York Times shows the spread of oil over time as several static maps to complement the animated version. Nice, right? You can see the changes from start to finish at a glance.

    [New York Times via @mericson]

  • Fictional map of online communities

    October 6, 2010  |  Mapping

    Map of online communities

    xkcd + numbers on online communities. Need I say more? Along the same lines as the Web 2.0 Points of Control, xkcd maps online communities with fictitious regions sized by the amount of daily social activity. Beware of the Bay of Flame in the Blogosphere and the Northern Wasteland of Unread Updates in Facebook. Personally, I like to hop between the Twitter and YouTube islands.

    It's most interesting when you compare it to the 2007 map where MySpace, Yahoo, and Windows Live ruled the land. I guess things are a little different nowadays.

    Make sure you check out the large version.

    [xkcd | Thanks, Elise]

Copyright © 2007-2014 FlowingData. All rights reserved. Hosted by Linode.